I recently completed teaching an online class on the Letter to the Hebrews. For a few weeks I am sharing thoughts that came from this study.
We decide to be followers of Jesus. We experience some joys and blessings mixed with some promised challenges. We stay faithful over the years, but then experience some really severe trials, and we wonder. We wonder where God is or if God has forgotten our commitment and service. Our confidence is shaken a bit. That must have been the experience of those receiving the Letter to the Hebrews, and so much so that they were thinking about leaving Jesus.
Our writer wants them, and us, to understand God is not unjust, not unaware, not out of touch. And he does not forget the love we have shown him. There are different times in my life when I especially need that message.
Interestingly, today is one of those days, as I am being bothered by a nasty respiratory virus currently making the rounds. I would score high on the misery index. I had to miss the time with the church, and I feel about as unproductive as a knot on the proverbial log. About the best thing I did was gargle regularly with hot salt water and drink lot of hot tea. Needless to say, my self-esteem is not soaring.
But it is good for me to know that God is not unjust, and he has not forgotten about other days and weeks in my life. Of course, on those days anything I did to fruitfully love him and his people was done because of his grace, but it still good to know God sees those days and not just those like today.